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Looking back at Notting Hill Carnival 2016 … and London

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After my annual trip to the Great British Beer Festival I returned to London for the second time in August for the Caribbean party Notting Hill Carnival. Here is my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter photo diary – there are not too many carnival photos because, with up to 2 million revellers present, phone coverage is spotty:



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Written by Peter Jebsen

8. September 2016 at 21:19

Funk-A-Hall-Licks Wooing the World (1991 Bernie Worrell interview from the New Funk Times archive)

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Bernie Worrell in 2009 - concert with SociaLibrium at the jazz club Porgy & Bess in Vienna (Photo: Manfred Werner/Tsui. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Bernie Worrell in 2009 – concert with SociaLibrium at the jazz club Porgy & Bess in Vienna (Photo: Manfred Werner/Tsui. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

I was sad to hear that Bernie Worrell, P.Funk’s „Wizard of Woo“, passed away yesterday at the age of 72. I last saw him in person a long time ago – he, his wife Judie, his band and I were holding hands backstage at New Orleans‘ Tipitina’s club, praying for a good show.

On a personal note: My favorite P.Funk has always been about George Clinton, Bernie, Bootsy Collins and Garry Shider – the hustler and the three musical geniuses. (I am sure George won’t mind – he and I talked about this. ;-) )

Here is a phone interview about his album „Funk of Ages“ I did with him in 1991, for the P.Funk newsletter New Funk Times I used to publish from the late ’80s to early ’90s (continuing the great work of Archie Ivy & Co.).

New Funk Times: I was wondering if you cut any of the basic tracks with the whole band present in the studio, or were there a lot of over-dubs going on?

Bernie Worrell: There’s a lot of over-dubs. You won’t believe the size of the studio I had to record it at! It’s pretty small, but the one good thing about it was… a lot of recording studios in New York don’t have windows, you can’t see out to the street. But this one was in what we call the Tribeca area, and it had two windows. So at least we could see outside.
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25. Juni 2016 at 21:26

Everything you always wanted to know about music genres but were afraid to ask!

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On the amazing website Every Noise at Once you find samples of 1436 styles on one map:
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Flashback ins Jahr 1991: Besuch im Prince-Studio Paisley Park

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Prince (Photo: Nicolas Genin / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. / http://bit.ly/21aIC9W)

Prince (Photo: Nicolas Genin / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. / http://bit.ly/21aIC9W)

Während meiner Zeit als Musikjournalist traf ich im Herbst 1991 in den Paisley Park Studios von Prince in Chanhassen/Minnesota drei Mitglieder seiner damaligen Band New Power Generation. Prince selbst war nicht anwesend; aber ich denke, dass das Interview einen ganz guten Einblick in seine damalige Arbeitsweise gibt. Das Gespräch und der darauf folgende Studio-Report erschienen in Ausgabe 1/92 des FACHBLATT Musik Magazins.

PRINCE AND THE NEW POWER GENERATION

Michael Bland, Kirk Johnson, und Damon Dickson – Des Prinzen neuer Hofstaat

Schon mit zwölf beherrschte Prince Rogers Nelson 20 Instrumente. Mit 19 unterzeichnete er – ein Novum für Nachwuchsmusiker – einen Vertrag über drei LPs, die von ihm produziert, arrangiert, komponiert und eingespielt wurden. Prince soll damit der jüngste amerikanische Künstler sein, dem völlige kreative Kontrolle eingeräumt wurde.

Nachdem er sich mit Platten wie 1999 und PURPLE RAIN – und diversen kommerziellen Flops – als wohl innovativster Künstler der 80er Jahre bewiesen hatte, läutete Prince mit seiner jüngsten LP DlAMONDS AND PEARLS ein neues Kapitel in seiner Karriere ein. Seine New Power Generation, die als die bisher funk-lastigste Prince-Band gilt, stellte er aus bewährten Kreativ-Komplizen und jungen Talenten zusammen. Gitarrist Levi Seacer, Jr., hatte schon länger mit Prince zusammengearbeitet. Er ist der musikalische Kopf der NPG, als deren gesangliches Aushängeschild die jazzerprobte Rosie Gaines fungiert. Tommy Barbarella ersetzte Dr. Fink als Keyboarder; neuer Bassist ist Autodidakt Sonny T., den Prince selbst als eins seiner Kindheitsidole bezeichnet – »er kann alles spielen oder singen, was er hört – Soul, Jazz oder Klassik!« Zu den jüngsten New-Power-Mitstreitern gehören Schlagzeuger Michael B. und das Rap/Tanz-Trio Tony M., Damon Dickson und Kirk Johnson.
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Written by Peter Jebsen

22. April 2016 at 16:38

R.I.P., Maurice White – let’s pay tribute with a collective playlist on Spotify!

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Maurice White performing with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Ahoy Rotterdam; 1982 (Photo: Chris Hakkens / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Maurice White performing with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Ahoy Rotterdam; 1982 (Photo: Chris Hakkens / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

I was saddened to read the following news earlier tonight:

Maurice White always was particularly close to my heart because he was both a musician’s musician and managed to achieve pop hits. I think I hated „Boogie Wonderland“ when it first came out, but it grew on me. Especially after reading the great story behind it which songwriter Allee Willis made me aware of on Facebook (check the comments section). ;-)

I started to compile a Spotify playlist with my favorite Maurice White songs right after hearing the bad news. So far, it contains 4 hours 28 minutes of great funk, soul and jazz (use it in shuffle mode). Artists include (in alphabetical order) Barbra Streisand, Billy Stewart, Brian Culbertson, Deniece Williams, Earth Wind & Fire, El DeBarge, The Emotions, Fontella Bass, James Ingram, Ramsey Lewis, Ramsey Lewis Trio, The Salty Peppers, The Tubes:

I configured the playlist to be a collaborative effort. Feel free to add your personal favorites on Spotify. If you don’t have a Spotify account, post your music links (YouTube & Co.) in the comments section of this blog entry. And please retweet/repost this tribute in your social media circles!
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The Complete New Funk Times Issue #1 from 1989

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The New Funk Times used to accompany George Clinton albums on Capitol Records in the ’80s. From 1989 to 1991, I published it as a subscription-only newsletter. I made the P.Funk History Double Issue available before, here is issue #1 from 1989. It features interviews with George Clinton & Bootsy Collins, and a 250-record P.Funk discography.
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Funky Shots: George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic 1989-1991

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I used to publish ‚round 2‘ of the George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic newsletter New Funk Times from 1989 to 1991. I can’t find the original photos I took back then, but here are black & white scans from the issues. You can view full-size versions on flickr. If you are interested in the NFT: The P.Funk History Double Issue is available here.
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Written by Peter Jebsen

10. Januar 2016 at 14:50

Favorite Funk of 2015 … Including Glorious Soul by Judith Hill

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Judith Hill (Photo: Medill DC / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. / Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Judith_Hill_crop.jpg)

Judith Hill (Photo: Medill DC / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. / Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Judith_Hill_crop.jpg)

Listening to entries on fellow funkateers‘ „Best of 2015“ lists made me realize that I missed several great new albums last year. My instant favorite was „Back in Time“, the October release by Judith Hill whose funky soul adds justification to her middle name „Glory“. Her debut was produced by Prince who has a spotty history with regard to picking female protegées who are worth of his musical genius and whose own talents equal their looks.

With Judith, Prince apparently found the perfect match. „Back in Time“ contains many of the elements which I liked during Prince’s heyday (and I am not a full-fledged fan – I am not to keen on many of his greatest non-funky hits; e. g., „Purple Rain“ and „Let’s Get Crazy“). It has raw funk, sultry soul (without the „sexcesses“ we are used to), irresistible grooves, punchy horns annd intricate arrangements.
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Written by Peter Jebsen

3. Januar 2016 at 18:13

One World Under a Groove: Happy New Year, y’all!

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Midnight in Germany: I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions and wishes. But I am hoping for One World Under a Groove.

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Written by Peter Jebsen

1. Januar 2016 at 0:10

„Pop around the clock 2015“ bei 3sat: Festtag für Musikfans (Download-Tipps)

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Screenshot 3sat.de

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Heute ist mal wieder ein Festtag für Freunde der Live-Musik: Seit 6.20 Uhr zeigt 3sat​ beim jährlichen „Pop around the clock“ jede Menge Konzertmitschnitte, die alle parallel alle schon jetzt in der Mediathek verfügbar sind. Das bedeutet, dass ihr sie auch mit der kostenlosen Software MediathekView (Windows, Mac, Linux) herunterladen könnte – einige davon in HD-Qualität. Weitere Informationen und Installationstipps findet ihr im Blogbeitrag „MediathekView: Der schnellste Weg zu ‚Das TalkGespräch‘ und anderen ö.-r. TV-Sendungen“ aus dem vergangenen Dezember.

Dabei sind unter anderem Konzerte von Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, The Who, Die Fantastischen Vier, Annie Lennox, Bruce Springsteen & Friends, Eric Clapton, Miley Cyrus, Kylie Minogue und Revolverheld.


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Written by Peter Jebsen

31. Dezember 2015 at 10:34

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